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CELEBRATING THE 10TH ANNUAL
CANBERRA GRAMMAR SCHOOL
Onsite at the school, 13-14 June 2015
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At the John Lingard Hall,
Canberra Grammar School
15 Alexander Street, Red Hill.
TWO DAYS ONLY
Saturday 13 June 9am-4pm
Sunday 14 June 10am-3pm
OUR KEY WATER SOURCE
Volunteers honour forebears' vision
Our bush capital
A cool misty morning at the Cotter where pine plantations once were.
Photo: Greening Australia
Back in 1909, as Charles Robert
Scrivener rode across the limestone
plains, there was one thing on top of
his mind -- water.
As the surveyor general in search of
a site for the nation s capital, Scrivener
had a vision for the future. History
tells us the majestic mountains of the
Cotter River catchment were
instrumental in selecting the site for
our bush capital.
For without a reliable source of
water, a beautiful city such as ours
could not grow and prosper.
We owe a debt of gratitude to those
whose footsteps we walk in today. Our
forebears realised the vision by setting
aside in perpetuity the Cotter River
catchment, for today 80 per cent of our
precious drinking water is sourced
from this one catchment. As a water
catchment, the Cotter River has
experienced many natural influences
over the millennia. Most recently fire
has had a significant impact.
A pine forest once stood
surrounding the old Cotter dam. On a
dark day in January 2003 that all
changed. A catastrophic fire storm
swept down from the mountains and
engulfed this catchment. Following the
2003 fires, Greening Australia and the
parks service formed a unique
partnership to engage the Canberra
community to re-green the fire-
affected areas of our treasured
catchment. That call to arms was
answered by so many dedicated and
The lower Cotter catchment became
a focal point as a recovering landscape
with grassroots community support for
restoration efforts. Through the
collective efforts of our community we
re-established native vegetation cover
to improve water quality and reduce
sedimentation from erosion. This
native vegetation also increased
important habitat for native wildlife.
Over the ensuing years, Greening
Australia volunteers have planted
more than 500 hectares of native
vegetation, including a staggering
306,343 seedlings from 62 species of
native trees, shrubs and grasses. This
has been made possible by the
involvement of nearly 15,000
volunteers dedicating a daunting
47,295 hours of their own time. The
word impressive comes to mind.
These volunteers have come from
all walks of life, including school
students, charity groups, corporate and
business groups, university students
and motorsport clubs. Ages ranged
from toddlers to those attending an
80th birthday celebration. As we cast
an eye across this recovering
landscape, the parks service
acknowledges the contribution so
many have played in re-greening our
lower Cotter Catchment. So next time
you draw a glass of water from your
kitchen tap; reflect on the significant
contribution so many Canberrans have
made to secure the most precious
resource we have -- water. Put simply,
life in our beautiful bush capital
depends on it.
Big plans for
Plans to construct a 500-dwelling
development in Greenway are under
way. AMC Architecture have
designed plans for a mix of
townhouses and apartment buildings
to be built on a site at Athllon Drive
between Rowland Rees Crescent and
the Caroline Chisholm Centre.
The new residential development
is situated close by the
Murrumbidgee corridor and has
views of the Brindabella Ranges to
the south west.
Designs for the site include an
extension of Rowland Rees Crescent
and the creation of a new access road.
There are provisions for a range of
one and two bedroom apartments
along the Athllon Drive facade. Two
and three bedroom townhouses are
slated for the rear of the block.
The plans, which will require a
lease variation as the site is zoned for
commercial use at present, have not
yet been submitted for approval.
RALLY RAISES $1.4M
FOR CANCER RESEARCH
The sixth annual Shitbox Rally 2015
has crossed the finish line having
raised $1.4 million for cancer
research which smashed the expected
The colourful convoy completed
the tough seven-day rally from
Canberra to Townsville on May 15.
The team that raised the most
funds was Katherine Ferris and Lucy
McFarlane, from The Machine
Gunners, who managed an
impressive $25, 540, said event
founder James Freeman.
PLANNING UNDER WAY
Business owner welcomes start of masterplan for Calwell community
Residents and members of the Calwell
business community are hopeful a
masterplan for the group centre and
surrounds will reinvigorate the suburb.
Planning Minister Mick Gentleman
said the process was under way and he
anticipated a final masterplan would
be completed by mid-2016.
Calwell business owner Nick
Tsoulias said the community had been
lobbying for a master plan since 2009.
After a long wait, he hoped the process
would enable the community to
outline engaging civic spaces and
entice developers to invest in the area.
"What people have indicated is they
want to eat, shop and work locally,"
Mr Tsoulias said. The community has
approached the government with a
proposal to maximise Calwell district
playing fields and address perennial
parking and access issues by creating
a road that linked Clift Crescent and
Were Street. "Public transport is a high
priority," Mr Tsoulias said. Public
consultation is open until July 3. This
includes meet the planners sessions on
Thursday, June 11, and Saturday, June
20, at Calwell central plaza.
Details available at: act.gov.au/
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